By Subhash K. Jha
BOLLYWOOD: Hema Malini, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Mathura as the BJP’s candidate, is very upset by recent reports that her family has not accompanied her on her campaign trail .
“Says who?” the Dream Girl shoots back at the detractors who claim she has been abandoned by her family as she pursues an electoral nirvana.
“My younger daughter Ahana was here last week. And my older daughter Esha will be here this week. Dharamji too will here in a few days. It’s just I’ve asked them to join me in the later part of my campaign when the election fever hots up. No point in asking them to join me earlier.”
Hema is amused and angry at suggestions made by a section of the media that her family members are fighting shy of supporting her. “I don’t know why some people are saying this. Every person in my family from my husband to my daughters and their husbands have offered to come to Mathura to support me. Even my samdhans, Esha and Ahana’s mothers-in-law, have offered to come to Mathura. But who would recognize them? What purpose would it serve to have them around? As we speak, my Bhabhi is with me. Just because the local media doesn’t recognize every member of my family doesn’t mean they are not here to support me.”
Hema says attempts to portray her as the tantrum-throwing Bollywood queen are feeble attempts to discredit her. “Nowhere have I shown any weakness or irresolution. Still my opponents talk of how distant I am from the local people of Mathura. Let the local people decide what they feel about me.”